I'm an intermediate female, 5'9" 126 lbs and I love my Spirit Globes (164 cm). They are lively, fun and agile, great on hard groomed surface where my friends on their soft teleskis couldn't even make carved turns because they couldn't get the edges to hold at all. Skiing fast on slightly uneven surface you definitely need to stay awake and control the skis but doing that is not a problem (I'm not saying anything about skiing fast on more uneven surface - I simply don't do that :D) For about two first days I regretted buying them - having skied 150-155 cm "beginner rentals" maybe 5 days after over 15 year break from skiing- because I thought I had bought something that was too difficult for me but after that they've been great ;-)
On the other hand my friend (expert male - his classification, probably true 20 years ago hasn't changed his style since, maybe 5'7"and 140 lbs?) thinks they are dangerously unstable in higher speeds and can't understand how I can ski them so fast. He loves my K2 Lotta Luvs (08-09 170 cm, I bought them because they were cheap and real cute...) that I find very stable but also slightly boring and kind of... hmm... sluggish?
Edited by Skise - 11/13/10 at 11:50pm